Music

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From Mozart, Miles Davis, The Beatles and Clean Bandit, you can experience a wide range of music in the city.  As well as visiting landmarks such as the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing there are many free concerts held in London.  If you know of more we can list please let us know.

Abbey Road – Zebra Crossing                   

Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, NW8 9BS

Admission: Free                    

Underground: St John’s Wood     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YS5DV

The Abbey Road zebra crossing is famous worldwide as the spot captured on The Beatles Abbey Road album cover.

In April 1969 the group came to Abbey Road recording studios to make their final album. The studio and famous zebra crossing are regarded as British music industry icons to this day. 

Please be careful when crossing the road (please note that Abbey Road Studios are not open to the public).

Lincoln’s Inn Chapel – Lunchtime Concerts     

Lincoln’s Inn, WC2

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Holborn     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9R3eC

A regular series of lunchtime concerts, with free admission to the public, takes place on Tuesdays in term time.

These feature predominantly the talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music.  Concerts usually start at 1pm.

Royal Festival Hall – Free Events     

Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX

Admission: Free        

Underground/Train: Waterloo     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Tu9vV

Southbank Centre regularly hosts free events, performances and exhibitions across the site. Wind down at the end of the week and enjoy live music on Friday evenings from leading musicians performing everything from jazz and blues to folk.

Alternatively drop in for free lunchtime music in the Central Bar of the Royal Festival Hall on Fridays and Sundays.

Royal Opera House – Lunchtime Recitals     

Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Covent Garden    

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/KmDr0

Recitals usually held every Monday at 13:00.  Check the Royal Opera House web site to confirm recitals.

St James’s Piccadilly - Lunchtime Recitals       

St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL

Admission: Free (suggested donation £3.50) 

Underground: Piccadilly Circus    

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/aRBxL

Lunchtime concerts on Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 13:10.  Check their web site to confirm concert dates.

St Martin in the Fields – Lunchtime Recitals     

Trafalgar Square, WC2

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Charing Cross or Embankment   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/uHI7B

Free recitals Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1pm.  Explore the shop and cafe in the crypt.  Check the web site for programme of concerts.

Union Chapel - Daylight Music    

19B Compton Terrace, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UN

Telephone: 020 7226 1686

Admission: Free (a small donation is suggested)                    

Underground & Overground: Highbury & Islington

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/cOJWB

Daylight Music is a dazzling idea, presented by the Union Chapel and produced by Arctic Circle, to open up London's Best Live Music Venue to a shiny new daytime crowd and provide a rather exciting platform for artists.  Concerts usually held on Saturdays.

For the perfect start to your weekend, the Margins Daylight Cafe also provides a wonderful spread of teas, coffee, homemade cakes and light snacks.

The Guards' Chapel Recital & Concerts   

Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk SW1E 6HQ

Telephone: 0207 414 3229

Admission: Free     

Underground: St James's Park or Victoria

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/c8XKHYjePZy

Free concerts usually Tuesday lunchtimes and Thursday evenings.  Check website for up to date information.

St Olave’s & St Katharine Cree Lunchtime Recitals     

8 Hart Street, EC3R 7NB

Admission: Free (Retiring collection)            

Underground: Tower Hill or Monument     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/SnNGE

Free recitals are held every Wednesday & Thursday at 1pm except for August

The Vault     

Rock Shop, The Hard Rock Cafe, 150 Old Park Lane W1

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Hyde Park Corner    

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GqjsY

Open Midday to 9pm

The Vault is located in the old Coutts Bank and used to protect the Queen’s coffers.  It lives up to its name and now houses the most valuable pieces of memorabilia in Hard Rock’s collection.

HMV - Live Music & Signings    

363 Oxford Street, W1C 2LA

Telephone: 0843 221 0200

Admission: Free

Underground: Bond Street

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/abr6O

The flagship HMV store in London hosts a number of live events and signings to promote artists new albums.  Check with the HMV web site to see upcoming events.

London Symphony Orchestra - Friday Lunchtime Concerts    

Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, 161 Old Street, EC1V 9NG

Telephone: 020 7566 2871

Admission: Free

Underground: Old Street      Train: Old Street

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/eTbH0

If you've never been inside LSO St Luke's then these free Friday lunchtime concerts are a must! Come and discover more about music and instruments of the orchestra in the beautiful setting of the Jerwood Hall in specially designed concerts by LSO musicians and students from the Guildhall School.

The concerts offer an informal introduction to the LSO and the world of music-making. Their presenter Rachel Leach talks about the works and the instruments, and there are opportunities to ask questions of Rachel and the musicians.

Each concert begins at 12.30pm and lasts for 45 minutes. The Café is open for tea and coffee before the concert from 12pm.

There's no need to book, the concerts are free and you can just turn up on the day.


St Paul's Cathedral Sunday Organ Recitals    

St Paul's Churchyard, EC4M 8AD

Telephone: 020 7246 8350

Admission: Free

Underground: St Paul's or Mansion House     

Train: City Thameslink or Blackfriars

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xowKu

A Sunday series where some of the world's finest organists play the Grand Organ of St Paul's.

Most Sundays 4.45 - 5.15pm, Cathedral floor, Free and unticketed.

Music at Hill Lunchtime Concerts    

St Mary At Hill, Lovat Lane, EC3R 8EE

Telephone: 07806 807631

Admission: Free

Underground: Monument

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/gk3XO

Since July 2013, St Anne’s Music Society, previously based at the church of St Anne and St Agnes and now re-named Music-at-Hill, holds all its concerts at St Mary-at-Hill.

Music-at-Hill is one of the longest running series of Lunchtime Concerts in the City of London, originally founded in the early 1970s.

Concerts are usually free, with a retiring collection. The audience is welcome to bring their own lunch and drinks, or enjoy a coffee or tea that’s provided.


Southbank Sinfonia - Rush Hour Concerts    

St John's Waterloo, Waterloo Road, SE1 8TY

Telephone: 020 7921 0370

Admission: Free

Underground: Waterloo      Train: Waterloo

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/k2Apr

The series of bite-sized concerts at St John’s Waterloo, across the road from Waterloo station, there’s a whole world of invigorating music just waiting to be discovered in 2015 – and all for free.

From a Colossal Mahler symphony to daring chamber works, and Baroque treasures to symphonic jazz, the sheer versatility of what an orchestra can sound and look like is put on show. You’ll share the rush of emotions felt by the players as they plunge into works afresh, drawing from the youthful energy of 33 of the most talented graduate musicians from around the world

Concerts are held at 6pm on Thursdays throughout the year.


Rhinegold LIVE    

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL

Telephone: 020 7333 1733

Admission: Free (tickets need to be booked via their web site)

Underground: Holborn

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/N7Q1O

Rhinegold LIVE is a concert series which aims to offer a unique and informal take on the classical recital experience.

Concerts are free to attend and include a free glass of wine beforehand. Artists perform in-the-round, offering an extraordinarily up-close and personal experience for both artists and audience members.

Each 50-minute recital is followed by an informal Q&A with the artist(s) and a Rhinegold editor, and artists are encouraged to select programmes that mean something to them.

Artists are hand-selected by the editors of Classical Music, International Piano and Opera Now magazines.


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